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Good investment

It's been a little over a year since the Great Bend City Council accepted a $500,000 gift to purchase the Convention Center that had been part of the Highland Hotel. The new hotel owner is settled in, and it's time for the city to move forward.

August 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Compromise is a must for leaders

Compromise is defined as a settlement of differences by mutual concession. Or a more common sense definition would be that compromise is when both parties walk away unhappy.

August 15, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Back to school

Great Bend teachers are already back at school, and next Wednesday most of the students will be, too.

August 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Internet sales tax a must

The Internet has grown exponentially before our very eyes. It is hard to believe that wide-spread usage only began 17-18 years ago and even harder to believe that we could function without it.

August 09, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


The case for capital punishment

While many states and countries have abolished capital punishment, some crimes are so heinous that death seems the only appropriate sentence.

August 01, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Rain gauge

A visual gag being forwarded on the Internet shows a bottle cap as the "new Kansas rain gauge." Wednesday night's downpour of less than two-tenths of an inch won't stop the cyber commentaries and won't change the news that across the nation, this year's drought is being called the worst since the Dust Bowl days in the Depression.

July 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Evil is not new

Human beings are capable of both great evil and great good. This country recently had an example of the evil humans are capable of with the shootings in Aurora, Colo.

July 25, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Primary lessons

Barton County's primary election is less than three weeks away.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Immunizations are important

It is extremely important to immunize children. Diseases that once were practically eradicated have been making a comeback.

July 18, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Cowboy Up

The job title "Cowboy" conjures images of riding range and roping dogies, but real life cowboys in the 21st Century have a lot more to do than wander over yonder and gaze at the moon. Working knowledge of animal science, including animal nutrition, safety precautions and more is required. A cowboy may still ride a horse, but may also need to be able to download information into a computer.

July 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


We're farming

Most Kansans have driven past farms and seen signs like the one that reads, "One Kansas farmer feeds more than 128 people, and you." Now, thanks to a viral video by three Kansas brothers, the entire world may see that sign.

July 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Playing with fire

This began as a "viewpoint" asking everyone to be cautious when shooting fireworks, but there's a chance we don't be shooting them at all this Fourth of July.

June 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Not that special

English teacher David McCullugh Jr., who gave a commencement speech at Wellesly High School this May, struck a chord with the nation when he spoke to the graduates in a humourous way, telling them the truth – they weren't special.

June 27, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


It's not Dallas

The revival of prime time TV soap opera "Dallas" brings to mind a local oilman, the late Danny Biggs.

June 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


The big picture, Immigration is a good thing

Immigration is a good thing for the U.S. It keeps our population growing and culturally diverse. Women are generally valued for their contributions.

June 20, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


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Bravery, freedom emerge from women

Bill Cosby has earned a reputation as a genuinely funny guy.

July 31, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Tax Break

The Barton Community College administration has saved taxpayers a bundle this year by recommending a budget that does not increase the mill levy. Because oil ...

July 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Step up and make a splash

The dog days of summer are here, and they are sure to last well into September. But soon, city pools in the county will close ...

July 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Get those immunizations

In an effort to bolster sadly low immunization rates in Barton County, the Barton County Health Department is holding an immunization carnival from 10 a ...

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Sweet dreams

Once one has decided to get a brand new mattress, they need to decide what to do with the old one. Unfortunately, in many places ...

July 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Step Up: A chance to serve awaits

Recently, we applauded the men and women who serve on public boards. We neglected to mention that finding people who are willing to run for ...

July 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


State legislature has plenty to learn from local bodies

"I feel like we abdicated our responsibility," Sen Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, was quoted in the AP story "Kansas cash balance to be lower than ...

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Basketball player was a true inspiration

Probably the worst aspect of ESPN is when the network pushes a political agenda, pretending like they are legitimate decisions rather than a shameless reason ...

July 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Keeping them out of jail

Central Kansas Community Corrections Director Amy Boxberger summed up what her agency does in one sentence Monday morning. "Our program is to keep people out ...

July 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take a long view

A backlash is beginning to be felt in Kansas finally, after years of cheap and stingy actions taken to constantly reduce what the state pays ...

July 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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